ORONO, Maine – Following a season where the Black Bears advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals and a #8 national final ranking, University of Maine football head coach Jack Cosgrove has announced the team's 2012 schedule. Highlights of the schedule include the 100th meeting of the Maine vs. New Hampshire series which will also be Homecoming, as well as BCS-foe Boston College, which will be the 1,000th official game in the history of the program.
"We are both pleased an excited to announce out 2012 football schedule," said Cosgrove. "In addition to an always challenging CAA schedule, face two of the NEC's finest teams in Albany, a 2011 NCAA Playoff participant, and Bryant. Opening our season against FBS opponent and ACC member Boston College will be a challenge in itself!"
"Added to the excitement of the schedule itself, is the fact that we will be playing both or 1,000th game versus Boston College and our 100th rivalry game against New Hampshire in the same season!"
The Black Bears open the season Sept. 8 at Atlantic Coast Conference-foe Boston College, which will be the 1,000th game in Black Bear Football history. Maine last played the Eagles in 2006 in a competitive game that saw the Eagles win 22-0.
Last year, the Black Bears battled Big East-foe Pittsburgh tough, falling 35-29 at Heinz Field.
Maine continues on the road at Bryant on Sept. 15. Maine defeated the Bulldogs last season in Orono by the score of 28-13.
The Black Bears play their home opener on Sept. 22 against Albany. The Great Danes won their conference and were a NCAA Playoff team last season. Maine defeated Albany in New York last year by the score of 31-15.
Maine opens its CAA schedule at home against perennial power Villanova on Sept. 29. The Black Bears defeated the Wildcats last season 41-25 in blizzard-like conditions in Philadelphia.
Maine travels to another perennial CAA power in Delaware on Oct. 6. Maine defeated the then-#5 ranked Blue Hens 31-17 last season in Orono.
The Black Bears travel to CAA Champion Towson on Oct. 13. The Tigers were the only team to defeat Maine in Alfond Stadium last season, doing so by a 40-30 margin.
Homecoming and the 100th game between Maine and New Hampshire will be played on Oct. 20 at Alfond Stadium. The rivalry has grown between the two teams every year, with the Wildcats taking back the Brice-Cowell Musket last season after a 30-27 win. Maine took the musket in 2010 16-13 in overtime after blocking the Wildcats' attempt at a game-winning field goal in the waning moments.
The last four games between the teams have been decided by four points or less, with three of the games having either Division or Conference Championship implications.
The Black Bears return to the road to take on William and Mary on Oct. 27. Maine battled the Tribe in 2010, falling to the eventual CAA Champion 24-21.
On Nov. 3, Maine hosts James Madison in a rematch of one of the most memorable games in college football last season.
Brian Harvey kicked a 34-yard field goal with under a minute remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.
After the Dukes scored first in overtime, quarterback Warren Smith found Justin Perillo for the score. Instead of kicking the extra point, the Black Bears lined up in a 'muddle' formation and Chris Treister took the snap. He ran, got hit by two Duke defenders at the one-yard line and helicoptered into the endzone to defeat the sixth-ranked Dukes. That play went on to be #2 on ESPN's top-10 plays and was a finalist for the GEICO College Football Play of the Year.
Maine finishes its home schedule on Nov. 10 against Georgia State, which will be its inaugural season in the CAA. The Black Bears and Panthers will be meeting for the first time.
The Black Bears travel to Rhode Island for their final game of the regular season on Nov. 17. The last two games between the two sides have been decided by a combined 11 points while Maine has won five-straight in the series.
Season tickets will be available on March 1, and can be purchased by calling 581-BEAR or toll-free (800) 756-TEAM.
Sept. 8, at Boston College
Sept. 15, at Bryant
Sept. 22, vs. Albany
Sept. 29, vs. Villanova*
Oct. 6, at Delaware*
Oct. 13, at Towson*
Oct. 20, vs. New Hampshire* (Homecoming)
Oct. 27, at William & Mary*
Nov. 3, vs. James Madison*
Nov. 10, vs. Georgia State*
Nov. 17, at Rhode Island*
* - CAA Football game